It’s Thursday, and Newsbreak travels back in time to March 2021 when Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo, commonly addressed as Sunday Igboho asked Yoruba people to take up arms against the government of Nigeria in order to achieve sovereignty.
Igboho was speaking at the Ogo Yoruba Awards (OYA).
He spoke to a gathering of persons of Yoruba origin, calling for South-West independence. In some of his comments, he urged Yorubas to take up arms against the Nigerian state.
“Every Yoruba that understands ‘juju’ should go and do it because we are going to fight a war. We will fight.” Igboho said in Yoruba language.
“And also, go and buy gun; we will fight.
“Some people said they will appease the gods so we can go in peace, but there is nothing like that. One cannot gain independence through peace.”
Igboho gained social media attention in January 2021 when he gave an ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa axis of Oyo State to vacate the land after the killing of a popular politician, Dr. Fatai Aborode, and enforced same.
He is also known for advocating for Oduduwa Republic (also known as Yoruba Nation).
The 49-year-old separatist leader, who escaped a bloody raid by Nigerian security forces in July 2021 was declared wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms to destabilise the country.
Igboho was arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic, while trying to flee to Germany.
He was detained in a prison in Benin Republic but was released in March 2022 to get medical attention on the condition that he would not leave the French-speaking country.
Watch below video of Igboho encouraging Yoruba people to get guns and prepare for war, from 8:30:
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